Sir George Trevelyan (1906 – 1996)

It was in 1942, aged 37, that Sir George Trevelyan ‘woke up’ when he attended a lecture that changed his life. He had been agnostic up to that point but when he heard the Austrian philosopher and Grail researcher Walter Johannes Stein give a lecture on ‘What did Dr Steiner mean by Anthroposophy?’ he found himself in complete agreement with what Stein was saying. It altered everything for Sir George and from that point he was able to move forward. ‘My whole soul inwardly shouted affirmation’ he wrote. It released a spiritual vision that George was able to share with the world.

Sir George became an educational pioneer, inspiring orator, and is sometimes called ‘the father of the new age.’ After the Second World War he became the Warden at Attingham Park in Shropshire, a forward thinking adult education college. Here he pushed the boundaries of education with his spiritual thinking, often using poetry to illuminate his lectures. His secretary and friend Ruth Bell believed he gained his wisdom from Shakespeare, Goethe, Blake and Hopkins while embracing the romantic poets and more modern thinkers like Teilhard de Chardin, Wellesley Tudor Pole, Grace Cook (of White Eagle) and Pir Vilayat Khan: ‘George knew there were many routes up the mountain and that no one route was right for everyone.’ He also recognised the important influence of the eastern streams of spirituality flowing into the west.

When he retired from Attingham he founded the Wrekin Trust, an educational charity, which brought many Aquarian or new age principles to the attention of the public especially through the Wrekin conferences such as the Mystic and Scientists gatherings. At the start of his book ‘A Vision of the Aquarian Age’ in 1977 he wrote: ‘The great seers of our age simply tell us of their explorations into new dimensions of consciousness and what they find there. They do not demand any blind acts of faith; they simply invite us to think and see and entertain possibility in all its majestic infinitude.’ Wrekin Trust was to hold many inspiring meetings and conferences and its keynote was clearly sounded by Sir George: ‘Every Wrekin Trust conference or meeting is to be seen as a focal point in which the worlds, visible and invisible, can blend together. Those whose faculties of vision are developed can often bear out that the conferences draw down many beings from the angelic worlds and from friends now sojourning on higher planes. Such contact is vitally important. We have to raise our vibrations.’

He was associated with the Findhorn Foundation and the Soil Association and created his own networks throughout Britain from the Northumbria Seekers to the Wessex Research Network. George was also responsible for launching the Lamplighter Movement in the mid 1960’s after the B.B.C. stopped broadcasting the Silent Minute. Under Wellesley Tudor Pole’s guidance Sir George promoted the Lamplighter in its early years.  

Later in his life he encapsulated his thinking in four important books;

A Vision of the Aquarian Age

Operation Redemption – A Vision of Hope in an Age of Turmoil

Summons to a High Crusade

Exploration into God – A Personal Quest for Spiritual Unity

There is a biography by Frances Farrar (2002) Sir George Trevelyan and the New Spiritual Awakening and a collection of his talks Awakening Consciousness’ (2008) compiled by Keith Armstrong. In 2016 the Chalice Well Press published ‘Sir George Trevelyan: An Appreciation.’